March 13, 2008 SanDisk has unveiled the Flash-based Sansa Fuze MP3 player, a well specced entry level unit which joins the pint-sized Sansa Clip and the video-centric Sansa View in Sandisk's media player line.
The Sansa Fuse comes in a wide array of colors (pink, red, blue, black and silver) and is also available in 2, 4 and 8GB capacities. In addition to playing music, video, photos, FM radio and audiobooks, the unit includes a microSD card slot to add and transport content, a voice recorder and a 1.9”color screen that allows users to navigate their music or watch videos in landscape mode.
The Sansa Fuze MP3 player supports playback of a wide range of popular music formats such as MP3, WAV, Audible and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files. It also supports MPEG-4 video and JPEG photos and gives users access to subscription download services from numerous sources, including Rhapsody To Go, Napster, eMusic and others. The internal rechargeable battery will play up to 24 hours of audio and five hours of video between charges.
The MP3 player works with computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista and it also works with Mac and Linux operating systems under MSC mode.
The Sansa Fuze player is expected to be available in U.S. stores in early April with availability in Canada and Europe expected in late spring and other regions of the world to follow. The 2GB model comes with an MSRP of US$79.99, 4GB for $99.99 and 8GB for $129.99.